The Pax 2 portable vaporizer is smaller, lighter, more durable and easily one of the most reliable vaporizers that you can currently buy. The Pax 2 comes with better battery life, a deeper oven for more even heating and four different heat settings now instead of three on the original. The new temp range is also a wider spectrum. 10 degrees lower and 10 degrees higher for a bit more control during your sessions.
There are a couple things I don’t really dig like the weak magnet on the charging dock and the draw resistance (improved with half-pack lid) but the Pax 2 has been my go-to portable vaporizer for “outdoor” activities for quite some time now.
The small form factor and tough outer shell make it one of the most durable portable vaporizers for outdoors activities like mountain biking, hiking, skateboarding, rollerblading, skiing/snowboarding, etc…
I have dropped it in the snow, ran over it with my bike, dropped it on the trails many times and the Pax 2 is still going strong.
You also get a 10-year warranty for that extra little piece of mind.
Update: The Pax 3 is now available and retails for $249.99. Key upgrades with the Pax 3 include the ability to vape both dry herbs and concentrates with the newly designed concentrate lid, a 15-20 second pre-heat time, slightly larger battery (3500mAh vs 3000mAh Pax 2), Full Temp Spectrum via the Pax Labs Smartphone App (Bluetooth), and haptic feedback. Pax Vapor also released a “Device Only” option for the Pax 3 which drops the price to $199.99. Check out my Pax 3 review for more info.
Pax 2 Review
Overall, I’m really impressed with the Pax 2 and the lack of cleaning/maintenance involved compared to the old unit. I would say that was my biggest complaint with the original unit. I rank the Pax 2 highest of all in terms of portability. The Pax 2 has a stealthy slim design which makes it very easy to pocket and conceals out in public. Especially with the new flush mouthpiece design.
The Pax 2 is a big improvement over the previous model and a big contender with other top portable vaporizers currently on the market. It comes with new innovative features like redesigned mouthpieces that are able to sense the presence of your lips and optimize power/temp regulation during use. This helps the Pax 2 be a little bit more efficient than the original but still not quite as good as convection vapes like the Firefly 2.
I believe the Pax 2 (and now Pax 3) produce some of the best overall vapor quality from any conduction portable. It’s very smooth and tasty at lower temps and can produce bigger clouds on higher temps.
Pax 2 Size and Portability
The Pax 2 weighs 90.2g and the exact dimensions are 3.87” tall, 1.21” wide and .08” deep. This makes the Pax 2 one the best vapes in terms of portability and discretion. The only vapes smaller jump you into pens like the Grasshopper which is lighter and thinner, but it is still longer. The original Pax came in around 98g so the Pax 2 is a bit smaller in size and about 8-10g lighter, and the newest Pax 3 ist the exact same size but a few grams heavier so the Pax 2 is still king of portability and pocket-ability.
I really like the discretion and concealment offered with the flat mouthpiece design. The mouthpiece is completely different from the original Pax model and it sits flush with the top. There’s basically no way that you could tell what it was because it doesn’t have a mouthpiece. This also makes the cleaning very minimal because there are no clicking components in the top to gunk up. So far so good in this category.
Heating and Temp Options
The four different Pax 2 temperatures are set at 360/380/400/420 Fahrenheit or roughly 180/193/204/215 celsius.
To quote their CMO “We redesigned the PAX 2 to have both the lip-sensing, and a new heating algorithm that adjusts temperature dynamically based on how you use it. We also focused the temp algorithm on the materials themselves, rather than the oven temp, to make sure the draw was consistent from first to last.”
I’ve personally noticed that I get a better flavor for longer compared to the original Pax. The new heating technology also uses my herbs more efficiently and it’s better at breaking single oven packs into multiple sessions. If you pick up the half-pack lid from the accessory section of the Paxvapor store you can improve efficiency even further.
Chamber Info and Bowl Size
The Pax 2 uses a stainless steel oven that is 91% the size of the original Pax, but it’s a bit deeper and not quite as wide which helps vape your herbs a little more evenly as there is a higher surface area of material being heated. For optimal results a fully packed oven is recommended, when fully packed the Pax 2 oven holds roughly .30-.40 grams of herbs depending on how fine or coarse the grind is, with the half-pack lid the oven holds .15-.20 grams.
Battery Specs, Charging System and Battery Life
The battery claims to provide up to 30% more usage from the previous model and I’ve found that I get about 90 minutes per charge on the Pax 2. Not only does the Pax 2 give you above average battery life from a single charge, it also charges faster than a lot of other units in only about 100 minutes. Lastly, the batteries Pax uses have been known for really great longevity so you can expect your battery continue to perform well for years to come. If you need a vaporizer with better battery life than the Pax 2 I would check out the Mighty.
The Pax 2 is charged via a magnetic USB charging dock which just attaches to the outside of the PAX 2. Nothing to plug in on the vaporizer, just attach it to the outside and it starts charging. Pretty cool. Plus it’s USB so you can charge it pretty much anywhere and/or pick up a battery pack for use on the go. The battery is NOT replaceable which is my only gripe.
*BONUS the old Pax charger will unplug from the base and plug into the new magnetic USB charging on the Pax 2. So you can charge the Pax 2 directly from the wall with your old Pax charger which is pretty cool.
Pax 2 Accessories
The Pax comes with an extra raised mouthpiece that is sort of similar to the original Pax. I’m not a big fan of it because it seems to get a little warm on the lips. Plus I really like the new flush design. No mouthpiece lube in this kit because you don’t need it! It does come with a decent sized bottle of ISO and some high-quality pipe cleaners that clean the vapor path. Just dip them in iso and clean the vapor path and you’re done. Very minimal compared to the older model.
*Update* I now recomend people pick up the $13 Half-Pack lid when purchasing their Pax 2. It lowers draw resistance, and allows you to use a half loaded oven (.15-.20grams) efficiently now.
The Pax 2 comes with a 10-year manufacturer warranty and I have never ever ever had a problem with the Pax customer support. When someone tells me reliability and warranty/customer support is the most important factor in their vaporizer decision, the Pax 2 is the vape I recommend.
Pax 2 Vaporizer Comparisons
The Firefly 2 is the one of the best “pure convection” portable vaporizers currently on the market. It’s definitely not as stealthy or lightweight as the Pax 2 but the Firefly 2 is my highest rated portable vaporizer for vapor quality (taste, temp, vapor production). It also heats up in 5-7 seconds including pre-heat so you can get in a quick session while you’re on the go. To get the improved vapor quality over the Pax 2 the Firefly is larger, heavier, and takes more practice/technique to use. It really depends on what kind of sessions you are looking for. If you want a more durable, portable, consistent vaporizer with longer sessions go with the Pax 2. If you want the best vapor quality and quick sessions I would go for the Firefly 2
The Crafty vaporizer is a good option if you need to stay portable but want more temp control and less draw resistance. The Crafty comes with a pretty hefty price tag but it’s definitely one of the easiest to use and one of the most consistent portable vapes I’ve tested. No learning techniques or packing techniques. Just load what you want, take your draw and go. The downsides to this unit are the slower heat up time and battery life but the taste and cool temps of the vapor production are totally worth the wait. This is the best vaporizer for people who like a free-flowing draw.
Summary: Should you buy the Pax 2 vaporizer?
If you are in the market for a very portable session vape then I definitely recommend that you pick up the Pax 2. The Pax 2 is rated at the top for portability and can be concealed very well.
It is my favorite outdoor activity vape because it works perfect for use out on the ski hills, while mountain biking or doing some hiking. It’s very easy to operate and it works well in both single and group settings.
Now that it has been heavily priced dropped down to $149 I think the Pax 2 is a really strong value.
Pax 2 Vaporizer Review
Overall the Pax 2 is a great improvement over the original Pax. They eliminated nearly all the cleaning problems with the new redesigned mouthpieces and added in some innovative features to make it more efficient. It’s still a session vaporizer which means that it’s best for longer uses and not someone that needs a quick session. Great battery life and comes with a 10 year warranty. I highly recommend this vape if you need something portable. It’s super easy to conceal and could easily pass as an mp3 player. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.
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